Updated (April 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Canon EOS 500D

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$369 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Shorter battery life

Canon EOS 500D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$376 body only

$324 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D

Entry-level DSLR

$418 body only

$627 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$683 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Movie format Lower resolution movies

discussion

Nikon D5100
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Me (2:49 PM, September 24, 2011)
The canon does have autofocus for video - I've got it. 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:45 PM, July 21, 2011)
See our Canon 500D prices page!
 
TOONI (9:26 AM, July 21, 2011)
the price for canon 500d please ?